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Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

When you’re here, you’re family

It’s about making everyone feel welcome for Lynn Stanberry. “You get a warm feeling coming in here,” she smiled. “There are college kids, locals, people on vacation. It all kind of mixes and blends well together.”
Standing atop the 5,000-foot Cataloochee Ranch mountain retreat in Maggie Valley, the vastness and endless beauty of Western North Carolina stretches out before your eyes. Heading towards the main building, you reach for the doorknob and enter eagerly. Soon, your…
General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The Creator,” he said. “He gave me multiple talents and I was not afraid to experiment with them. Through my experimentation,…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Reeling in Appalachia

A seemingly dead-end situation became a life-changing moment for Alex Bell. “We came back to school from a tournament and they said our program had been cut,” he said.
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Rolling down the river

Shane Williams knows exactly when he’s reached the essence of a river. “For me, it’s all about the glide,” he said. “If you’ve ever been on a raft, boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard, when you come across that current and…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:14

A wet and wonderful weekend

Thanks to the generosity of a friend, my family and I spent a long weekend on Fontana Lake. The small “fishing” cabin near Prince’s Boat Dock is not the Ritz but it has all the comforts of home and a…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:13

Smokies elk get new tracking collars

Biologists will get a boost in monitoring Smokies elk populations, thanks to a $13,720 grant Friends of the Smokies received from Charter Communications, Inc. The grant money purchased 15 radio collars and two receivers to track and monitor the large…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:12

Horse exhibition to benefit Panthertown

A horse exhibition hosted by Friends of Panthertown from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, will raise money for conservation and trail maintenance in Panthertown Valley, a national forest recreation area near Cashiers.
Visitors are invited to check on the progress of the American chestnut restoration effort at Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County with self-guided and guided tours this summer.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:11

Franklin man inducted to A.T. Hall of Fame

Franklin has a hall-of-famer following the induction of Rev. Rufus Morgan into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame earlier this month. 
It wasn’t until Brad McMillan got his canoe on the water that the moment hit him. He’d been preparing for this for a long time, both mentally and physically, and he’d just watched his three friends in kayaks descend the…
Let’s begin by noting the continuing biographical interest in writers and drinking. In my own collection are Tom Dardis’s The Thirsty Muse; Kelly Boler’s A Drinking Companion: Alcohol & The Lives of Writers; physician Donald W. Goodwin’s Alcohol and the…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:59

A lesson in equality and economy 101

To the Editor: We continually hear the myth about how the rich are greedy, but what we don’t hear is how greedy a high school dropout can be or the union workers who want more money or even those on…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:58

Please be smart about black bears

To the Editor: Thank you for Holly Kays’ excellent article covering the recent shooting of a bear in Maggie Valley, leaving behind three orphaned cubs. This was a needless tragedy, and I fear that others may feel emboldened to take…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:58

Get facts about teacher pay, performance

To the Editor: Having lived in North Carolina for a year, I’ve noticed that low teacher salaries are a hot topic. (For the record, I teach in a private school where we earn even less than the public sector). But…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:56

All that talk of the tourists? True that

True story. My wife Lori and I were enjoying a delicious, refreshing IPA at the Wedge Brewery on Sunday afternoon, rewarding ourselves after a brutal trail run in the mid-day heat at Bent Creek (brutal, at least, by my estimation;…
Marc Pruett has won a Grammy and played the Grand Ole Opry stage, but his biggest concern on this day is sinkholes. “Where is it? Canton?,” he asked a coworker.  Director of erosion control for Haywood County, Pruett sits at…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:45

CuRvE gets ARC grant

The nonprofit community group known as the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor (CuRvE) has been awarded an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant from the Southwest Commission to fund ongoing efforts for improved recreational amenities along the Tuckaseegee River where it passes through…
A tribal elder of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians delivered the opening prayer in the Cherokee language at the N.C. Senate session June 19. Jerry Wolfe, was a natural choice to deliver the prayer. Widely recognized for his service…
Swain County Hospital offers Senior Life Solutions, a program that facilitates intensive outpatient psychiatric care for adults and seniors with Medicare. The program, which is located inside Swain County Hospital, is available to individuals through physician or self referral.  Patients…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:39

Jackson chamber gets new assistant director

Kelly Donaldson, 42, of Cullowhee, began work June 9 as the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center new assistant director. Donaldson’s addition is a part of a restructuring plan by the Jackson chamber ‘s board of directors to…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:38

Nurse team to assist disadvantaged mothers

An initiative to educate first-time, low-income mothers in Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties on how to raise healthy, school-ready children with a focus on the critical first two years of the child’s life is being launched by the Southwestern…
Jeanette White, coordinator of Southwestern Community College’s Civil Engineering Technology program, keeps getting calls from employers looking for graduates who are ready to work. There’s just one issue: all of White’s graduates already have jobs or are continuing their education…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:37

Glenville explores planning area

Jackson County may have another community planning project on the horizon. Glenville residents have approached the county about possibly embarking on such a journey. “That’s very initial-stages,” said Jackson County Planning Director Gerald Green, explaining that the county is currently…
Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has pulled a bill she introduced last month to de-annex a 3.5-acre property from the town of Maggie Valley following pushback from local leaders. 
The Pigeon Community Center in Waynesville has once again been rescued from the brink. Haywood County has pledged $47,000 to fix a severely leaky roof and structural problems with the building, in effect saving a suite of programs offered through…
Lake Sequoyah will disappear for a few months in the coming year as Highlands plans to drain the reservoir to complete a pair of projects there. Combining $1.6 million in grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency with another $950,000…
A new logo will soon chug onto the marketing landscape of Bryson City following the Swain County Tourism Development Authority and the Swain County Chamber of Commerce’s approval of a design meant to emphasize the town’s most unique aspect —…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:31

Ghost Town opening delayed

Ghost Town in the Sky, the seemingly ever-limping amusement park in Maggie Valley, did not open on June 20 as planned. Delays in running new water lines to the park’s upper levels have stalled the opening.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:30

ECU opens dental center in Sylva

There’s a new option for dental care in the region. “We call it a community service learning center,” explained Michael Scholtz, assistant dean for extramural clinical practices at East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine. 
The campus of Haywood Regional Medical Center is full of cars coming and going, staff walking toward or returning from shifts and people in workout gear heading toward the Fitness Center. Staff members help an elderly woman in a wheelchair…
Saddled by a higher cost of doing business and hits to its bottom line, Waynesville aldermen were poised to pass a three-cent property tax increase this week, the town’s first in over a decade. Nonetheless, the town’s total budget for…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:22

NAACP gets Haywood organizer

Haywood County’s fledging chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is getting a little help this summer. “I see myself as a booster pack,” said Sam Tyson. “A little summer energy.”
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

39th annual Pow Wow returns to Cherokee

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Pow Wow will be held July 4-6 at the Acquoni Expo Center.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS programs

There will be a handful of youth arts programs held throughout July as part of the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS summer series. Held in the School of Art and Design on the Western Carolina University Campus, these camps allow young artists…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Haywood arts council gets new director

The Haywood County Arts Council recently hired Jodi John Pippin as their new part-time executive director as of June 2014. 
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Singing In The Smokies returns to Bryson

The Singing In The Smokies Independence Weekend Festival will run from July 3-5 at Inspiration Park in Bryson City. 
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

This must be the place

It’s a sound that immediately turns your head. Sitting at a table within the 5 Walnut Wine Bar in downtown Asheville one lazy, sunny Appalachian afternoon, a trio of musicians took to the floor and eased into the subtle ambiance…
By Chris Cooper Silly, psychedelic and monstrously musical, the teaming of Keller Williams with Larry and Jenny Keel on Grass is sure to produce something that’s out there, to say the least. As well, it’s an opportunity to hear Williams…
Wednesday, 29 March 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism Haynes Johnson’s 2005 book isn’t frightening, but it should at least make thinking people think about some fundamental issues facing Americans. How, he asks, can we “safeguard the nation’s security without jeopardizing its…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer History books and literature long have recounted and regaled the Civil War, examined its long-lasting effects in determining who “we” are as a great and unified South, and how “we” are not yet ready…
Wednesday, 29 March 2006 00:00

Books that evoke special times

Sometimes a book touches our hearts in a very special way. In the winter and spring of 1978, having saved from our combined incomes of the previous year, my wife and I celebrated our January wedding by traveling for three…
Wednesday, 29 March 2006 00:00

Carden wins Brown-Hudson Folklore Award

Author, storyteller and playwright Gary Carden of Sylva has been awarded the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award presented by the North Carolina Folklore Society.
Haywood County commissioners are examining a slope development ordinance that would regulate the safety of cut and fill slopes for home sites and roads in mountainside subdivisions.
By Michael Beadle The North Carolina Education Lottery might be seen by state officials as a boon for public education, but it’s already becoming a frustration for some school officials in Western North Carolina.
Turmoil surrounding the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has landed the entity a regular slot on the government television station where anyone with cable soon will be able to watch the board’s monthly meetings.
Wednesday, 29 March 2006 00:00

A raw deal for WNC

According to provisions in the state’s lottery law, about a third of the money raised in the lottery (35 percent) would go toward education programs — an estimated $425 million, according to state figures. Half of this money will go…
Wednesday, 29 March 2006 00:00

Retailers get ready for opening day

By Michael Beadle As the opening date approaches for the North Carolina Education Lottery, local retailers in Western North Carolina are gearing up to sell the first batch of tickets. At the Cullasaja Exxon outside of Franklin, owner Ronnie Setzer…
A controversial high-end development along the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge has received the green light for an alternative sewer system that will allow construction of homes to begin on part the property.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County Planning Board members will continue their first discussion of a draft subdivision ordinance set to potentially include steep slope development regulations at a meeting held at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 29)…